- Attended QIRS residential school for 10 years.
- Recruited by and worked in two law firms specifically on the residential school compensation process.
- Received the Diamond Jubilee medal for past work on the abuse awareness project.
- Was recognized, along with Ms. Gayle Johnson V.P. of Conexus Credit Union, by Saskatchewan’s Chamber of Commerce and Abex Awards Committee for creating a First Nations Partnership Work Program.
“I sincerely feel this as a part of my legacy to educate, create an awareness to both the Non-First Nations and First Nations people of this generation. Having the opportunity to prepare the adjudication files, hearing the disclosures of the mental, physical, sexual abuse of my peers and Elders that they lived through. I feel I am in a position to teach those who want to learn what happened to the First Nations People. I understand the mindset of those who still suffer from this failed experiment. Through stories, visual presentations, and the creation of meaningful dialogue with the participants, this project has had the success I envisioned it would have. I see this as an Honour to adocate on behalf of my residential school family that are here and especially those that have gone on to the Spirit World. What really made me feel good was to see the kids from grade 5-12 (from Manitoba/Saskatchewan) listen very intently on the stories I shared with them. To tell their story, their truths, because that was all many of them wanted.. was to be heard."
(I named this site MJ's Ole Skool Crew to honour my partner, Marcie Joan. She also attended the residential school in Lebret at a young age. That is her in the pic and myself - holding my skates - along with the qirs school and how it looked in the 80's. Also, Big thanks to my Brother Ted Nolan - a real leader and trail blazer for our people, Mr. Sanderson Layng, Justice Kenn Bellerose, my kids, and my Mom. I hope one day to meet you and share these experiences to create an unforgetable educational experience.)